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A juggling act

Robinson, 16, keeps her plate full

Camie Robinson may be about one of the busiest teenagers anywhere, but the 16-year-old prefers it that way.

“I pull a lot of late nights,” she said. “It can get pretty stressful, but I try to take it one day at a time.”

Next fall, when Robinson should be heading into her senior year at Moffat County High School, she’s slated to start classes at Colorado Northwestern Community College. Chasing a dream to become a trauma nurse, Robinson will then start taking classes toward earning a nursing certificate. She already has delved into some classes at the college, juggling high school and college class loads.

“I spend a lot of my lunchtimes doing my homework in the library,” she said.

Before this year, Robinson said she managed a 4.0 grade point average, but that has slipped some since her workload has increased.

But Robinson is keeping ahead of the curve more than academically.

For the past year, she has served as a cadet with the Craig Rural Fire Protection District. The opportunity has afforded her a chance to experience what happens behind the scenes while learning to fight fires.

Robinson said she’ll never forget one of the first training sessions. It involved dressing in full bunker gear, including an oxygen tank, and playing basketball.

“That’s when you know how hard it is,” she said. “Before you get into this, you think that firefighters just put out fires all time. But there’s so much more to it than that.”

Robinson was born in Denver and was adopted when she was 3 months old by parents Terri and Jim. Robinson also has a 13-year-old brother, Ethan. The family lives on the outskirts of Craig.

Robinson also works an after-school job, logging up to about 34 hours a week at Craig’s Safeway.

The full schedule sometimes keeps Robinson up early and sees her late to bed. Often her days start as early as 5:30 a.m. and end past 10 p.m. A hectic lifestyle doesn’t deter her, though.

“I’m not the kind of person who just likes to sit around all day and watch TV,” she said. “I just can’t, though I think I may have gotten in over my head this time.”

Although she has little time for lounging, Robinson doesn’t think her life is much different from other teens.

“Most teenagers who are in sports have jobs, too,” she said. “Most teenagers aren’t slackers like people think.”

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